Lo­man sets re­match with Mlambo

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EX­PECT fire­works when Igorot mixed mar­tial arts cham­pion Stephen Lo­man re­turns to the Brave Com­bat Fed­er­a­tion.

Af­ter win­ning the ban­tamweight ti­tle in Novem­ber last year against Guardashan Man­gat, the Team Lakay fighter hopes to ex­tend his win­ning streak against a foe he has beaten ear­lier.

Lo­man is set for a re­match with Frans Mlambo in the main event of Brave 13 on June 9 at SSE Arena in Belfast, North­ern Ire­land.

Both fighters have ear­lier bat­tled each other in Septem­ber 2016 with Lo­man tak­ing home a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory against the Ir­ish chal­lenger.

Lo­man is rid­ing high on a four fight win­ning streak since April 2016 in­clud­ing a three round unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against Mlambo in Septem­ber 2016 for a 9-2 win, loss record in­clud­ing three knock outs and two sub­mis­sions.

Lo­man in an ear­lier in­ter­view with Sun.Star Baguio said he has been rar­ing to de­fend his ti­tle and has been join­ing his fel­low Team Lakay fighters in train­ing and craft­ing their game plan against Mlambo who has also won three straight bouts since los­ing to the for­mer Univer­sity of the Cordilleras stu­dent.

“I’m rar­ing to get back into ac­tion and de­fend my ti­tle,” said the soft­spo­ken Lo­man who be­came the first Asian to win a belt in the mid­dle east pro­mo­tions.

In the co-main event, Nor­man Parke will face Myles Price in the light­weight divi­sion, ac­cord­ing to Brave Com­bat Fed­er­a­tion.

Parke is a for­mer UFC fighter, and has also seen ac­tion in Ab­so­lute Cham­pi­onship Berkut, KSW, and BAMMA. He is a black bel­ter in judo and a na­tional cham­pion in North­ern Ire­land in both freestyle wrestling and judo.

Price, fight­ing out of Team Ryano has 15 fights in his ca­reer with nine wins and has not suf­fered a knock­out and will be mak­ing his de­but in Brave CF.

Photo by Milo Brioso

FIRST DE­FENSE. Team Lakay’s Stephen Lo­man is set to de­fend his Brave Com­bat Fed­er­a­tion ban­tamweight ti­tle against Frans Mlambo on June 9 at SSE Arena in Belfast, North­ern Ire­land.

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